X is for X Crossing

I really don’t have any Xs, so I had to think laterally.

So, over to Oxford Circus’s X Crossing, at the busy junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.

The X Cross is a pedestrian crossing that allows people to cross the road diagonally as well as straight across. It’s great to see in action….all the traffic stops for a short while, people cross the road from all directions in a mad scramble, then the lights for the pedestrians turn red again, and traffic mayhem starts again! A slice of street life…

It really needs to be seen from above to get the full effect of the place, but no time to find out how to do that when I was there a few years ago, and not been back since.

So here is my best snapshot impression, using an old Canon point and shoot:

Oxford Circus X Cross 1

Oxford Circus X Cross 2

8 comments

  1. When that opened, so many of us found it confusing. But it did wonders with eliminating those crushes at the old 4-way lights.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Those street crossings are amazing. There was a huge one in Shibuya, Tokyo. It was so big and so crowded it was actually a tourist attraction.

  3. Every man/woman for himself, Sue! 🙂 🙂 A very resourceful X.

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